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Wheaton College

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Fall 2014

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Senegal: National Identity and the Arts


The idea of Beauty is defined cross culturally, and is rooted in surrounding environment and larger values presented in the community. This study explores collective and individual understandings of beauty and its relationship to female identity. My hope with this research was to explore various attitudes that existed around beauty and understanding the motivations behind why Senegalese women are willing to put so much effort in altering their physical appearance in such extreme ways.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Place and Environment | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture | Women's Studies


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